Share your WWI memories

Lord Kitchener Reviewing troops

Lord Kitchener Reviewing Troops

Hampshire Museums Service  are looking for memories and memorabilia from World  War I.

The project, Hampshire’s Big Theme 1914, is a five year programme of activities that will commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

During 2014 a programme of exhibitions and events which will focus on the 100th commemoration of the First World War.  Funded by Arts Council England, the project will be jointly delivered by Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council and Southampton City Council

The exhibitions will focus on three different topics;

  • Artists Rifles (showcasing some of the best-known artists who served in the Artists Rifles regiment)
  • Soldiers Journey (highlighting Hampshire’s particular contribution to the First World War);
  • Trench Coat  (tracing the design history of the iconic trench coat which was manufactured by Thomas Burberry of Basingstoke).

Supplementing the exhibitions, there will be;

  • A commissioned contemporary art installation in Winchester’s Great Hall, by Susie MacMurray
  • The development of the Big Theme digital platform.

The 5 year mission boldly goes into territory that very few of us will have experienced first-hand, so will be relying on memories, documentary evidence and other material that has been handed down through the generations.

The team are looking for anything that tells a story about Hampshire’s unique involvement in the war.  This could be military items, medals, photographs, documents, letters or household items from the period.  They might have belonged to someone who played a part in Hampshire’s efforts to support the war in a local hospital, factory or on the land.

To make it as easy as possible for people to get in touch with the team,  four  ‘drop in sessions’ will take place in January and February 2014.  These will take place  at the following venues:

Sunday 12 January:              SeaCity Museum, Havelock Road, Southampton SO14 7FY

Saturday 18 January:              Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

Saturday 25 January:              Aldershot Military Museum, Evelyn Woods Road, Aldershot GU11 2LG

Saturday 1 February:              Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Road, New Milton BH25 6DS

All of these drop-in sessions will run between 1pm and 4.30pm

Please note:  Valuations cannot be carried out at these drop in sessions.  Visitors are asked not to bring firearms or munitions, though the team would love to hear about them.